Boy, 11, seriously injured after attack by teenage gang on Metro
An 11-year-old boy is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a group of teenagers on the Metro.
The boy was attacked by the group on the Metro as it travelled between Felling and Central Station at around 8.20pm on Monday, March 9.
Members of the public came to his aid and the boy got off the Metro at Newcastle’s Central Station where he was taken to hospital by paramedics with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident and officers are working closely with Nexus to identify all of those involved in the assault.
Detective Inspector Louise Jenkins said: “This was a nasty assault that has resulted in an 11-year-old boy being admitted to hospital.
“He has some really nasty injuries but the emotional impact that this will have on him cannot be overstated.
“We are working hard to identify the group responsible and are working with Nexus to review any CCTV coverage of the Metro and the station.
“Anyone who witnessed the assaults, or who knows those involved, is encouraged to contact police.”
Nexus condemned the behaviour and urged anyone with information to contact police.
A Nexus spokesman said: “We are supporting the police with their investigation into this offence.
“Behaviour like this on the Metro system is totally unacceptable.
“We will review all available CCTV to help the officers to catch those responsible for the assault.
“We urge anyone with information to get in contact with the police.
“Offending of this severity on Metro is rare, but when it does occur we do all that we can to bring the culprits to justice.”
If you can assist officers then contact police on 101 quoting log 1093 09/03/20 or report it online at the Northumbria Police website.
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.